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Organizers cancel this year’s Maybell Cultural Heritage Days

Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive to continue as planned

Scott Schlaufman

Horses in last year’s Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive make their way down U.S. Highway 40 in Maybell. The Maybell Cultural Heritage Days event, which has been associated with the horses passing through the small community for six years, has been cancelled this year due to what organizers call “permitting issues.”





Horses in last year's Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive make their way down U.S. Highway 40 in Maybell. The Maybell Cultural Heritage Days event, which has been associated with the horses passing through the small community for six years, has been cancelled this year due to what organizers call "permitting issues."

In 2010, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days attracted the largest crowd in its six-year history.

About 1,500 people attended the event, which coincides with the annual Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive.

Despite last year's success, Maybell Cultural Heritage Days will be taking this year off because of what organizer Lisa Balstad called "permitting issues."

"Last year, the event really grew and brought some things to our attention," she said. "It's just some stuff that needs to be addressed but takes some time to work through.

"We need to do what's right, so that's just what we're going to have to do this year."

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This year's event was scheduled to take place May 7 and 8 in Maybell Park. The event cancellation was announced last week.

Lee Peters, coordinator of the Sombrero Ranches Horse Drive, said the drive will take place as planned with about 600 horses being driven through the town about 30 miles west of Craig.

"We're still going to come right through downtown Maybell (on) Sunday morning," he said.

Balstad declined to comment on what permits are needed for the festival to take place. However, she said event organizers wouldn't be able to get the permits in time for this year's festival.

"We're pretty disappointed," she said. "We've been growing the event for the last few years, but it's just one of those things. It's just a little bit of a setback."

Balstad said there is hope the event will return next year.

"It was a tough decision, but it was a decision that had to be made for this year," she said. "We hope to work through this stuff and have things in place for 2012."

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